Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Costs: free
Frequency: miminum once per week
Type: fantasy, pirates, Royal Navy, Caribbean
Last-Update: 2003Nov03
Keywords: free, open-ended, email, human, fantasy, historical, wargame, abstract


Welcome to the Caribbean, the setting of the Dead Men Tell No Tales PBEM, specifically the islands of Hispanola, Jamaica and their surroundings.

Although the setting is of a real place in our history, you will soon find that all is not quite as it was. Ghost stories have a habit of being more real than you would wish, strange creatures have been known to walk the earth and swim the oceans depths, and finally magic can be found in the darkest corners of the islands and the art of Voodoo strikes terror into the strongest of hearts.

Although this game features real life locations and events from our past this is not a reflection of the real world. In this game a little fantasy has crept around the edges and the past is not quite as it seems.

The Caribbean used to be under control of the Spanish, which staved off many attempts by the French and Dutch to arrest the Caribbean away from Spain, but all that changed when the British Empire sailed into its many ports.

Spain is still a sizeable force in the Caribbean but answers to the British presence first and foremost, at least publicly. You can still find Spaniards in all major ports and towns, but they no longer carry as much weight as they used to.

The current year is 1690, and the Golden Age of Piracy has just begun. The Caribbean islands have been firmly in the control of the British Empire, for some time now and the waters are patrolled by the British Navy, which is perhaps spread a little too thinly around the coast lines. The majority of towns and colonies, mostly along the coastlines of Hispanola and Jamaica, fall under the jurisdiction of a British Governor.

Up until 20 years ago piracy was, in a sense, legal. Captains of independent vessels could apply for Letter of Marques, which allowed them to seize or destroy a merchant vessel of another Nation. But things eventually got out of hand, Letters were forged and piracy became widespread.

In 1670 the British Government came to an agreement with Spain and passed the Treaty of Madrid, putting an end to officially sanctioned privateering. The Treaty of Madrid also marked the King of Spain finally relinquishing all control of the Caribbean to the British. The Kingdom of Spain has been diminishing within the Caribbean for the last 20 years.

The Navy has attempted to wipe out the pirate threat in the Caribbean, and to a certain extent they have, but there are still a number out there, all causing trouble in their own unique ways.

This is a world of diplomacy and intrigue, piracy and adventure, archaeology and exploration, swashbuckling and sorcery.

If you are interested in being involved in DMTNT then please e-mail me with your age and past PBeMing experience.



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Greg Lindahl